Why some wines have more alcohol strength than others

Sud de France Top 100 Gerard Bertrand Terroir Minervois AOC Minervois 2013

There I was, at my desk, feeling sorry for myself, when a work pal said he wasn’t 100% that morning.

He’d opened an Australian shiraz the night before and his senses weren’t tickety-boo.

I sympathised. We compared notes and we’d only had a couple of glasses of red on a school night.

My red (more of it later) was from the south of France with an abv of 14%.

It got me a-thinking; does everyone know why there’s a variation of alcohol percentages in wines?

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